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Title: RAAF Jabiru
Post by: Alvis 3.14159 on June 29, 2010, 10:01:59 am
Locally produced fighter 1943-45. Based on the inline "Wildcat" designed for the Fleet Air Arm, the "Jabiru" was produced from Grumman Wildcat components shipped to Australia, and re-engineered to work with the Allison engine by CAC. Major subassembly work done by Holden Motors.
(http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g102/Alvis3_1/Image001-6.jpg)

(http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g102/Alvis3_1/Image002-6.jpg)

(http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g102/Alvis3_1/Image004-10.jpg)

I still need to finish it off, ie: serial numbers, nose art name, dullcoat, weathering, etc etc. That's when I usually screw something up!

Alvis Pi
Title: Re: RAAF Jabiru
Post by: Alvis 3.14159 on June 29, 2010, 10:09:05 am
By the way, who on here did the profiles of the hellcats with inlines? That's where I got this idea from a couple weeks ago, and I'd like to thank them.

I used two venerable Monogram/Revell kits, the P-40 and the F4F Wildcat, in 1/48th. The P-40 nose was blended into the Wildcat barrel shape with a plug of balsa, sanded and filed and shaved and puttied and shaved and sanded ad infinitum.


Al
Title: Re: RAAF Jabiru
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on June 29, 2010, 10:36:52 am
Wicked!  Love the back story :^)
Title: Re: RAAF Jabiru
Post by: NARSES2 on June 29, 2010, 10:51:03 am
Stupendous sir  :bow: :bow: :bow:

I'm currently trying to produce that SW Pacific scheme on a real world project, think I'll have to go back and do the white again looking at that. You are an inspiration Alvis.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: RAAF Jabiru
Post by: sotoolslinger on June 29, 2010, 11:11:30 am
Effin BRILLIANT :wub: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: RAAF Jabiru
Post by: Taiidantomcat on June 29, 2010, 11:24:59 am
There is something about all your models that just makes me smile  :thumbsup: Great work  :cheers:
Title: Re: RAAF Jabiru
Post by: Ed S on June 29, 2010, 11:37:28 am
Nicely done.  But somehow, that combination of parts just look strange together.

 :thumbsup:

Ed
Title: Yer Foggin' CRAZY!
Post by: sequoiaranger on June 29, 2010, 12:15:28 pm
But that's a GOOD thing here!!

Nice work.

>[EdS] Nicely done.  But somehow, that combination of parts just look strange together.<

I think it is a matter of CoG, looking "nose-heavy", or something. I took the liberty of using a photo-editing program to bring the wing and cockpit a little forward here:

(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv173/sequoiaranger/Jabiru01-m.jpg)
Title: Re: RAAF Jabiru
Post by: JayBee on June 29, 2010, 12:32:45 pm
That does look a little bit better. Only a little bit as the original looks FANTASTIC :blink: :bow: :cheers: :drink: :thumbsup:

JimB
Title: Re: RAAF Jabiru
Post by: Gary on June 29, 2010, 05:02:15 pm
Love it! This is another moment where I can't help but be supremely awed.
Title: Re: RAAF Jabiru
Post by: Scooterman on June 29, 2010, 07:22:31 pm
I like it.  Gotta XP-37 feel to it.   :bow:
Title: Re: Yer Foggin' CRAZY!
Post by: Alvis 3.14159 on June 29, 2010, 10:00:36 pm
But that's a GOOD thing here!!

Nice work.

>[EdS] Nicely done.  But somehow, that combination of parts just look strange together.<

I think it is a matter of CoG, looking "nose-heavy", or something. I took the liberty of using a photo-editing program to bring the wing and cockpit a little forward here:


After I got it assembled, I realised it looked a tad front heavy. However, my research indicated CAC took the into account, and loaded the plane with a 745 pound lead weight in the tail to counterbalance the aircraft. It did impede performance, and the Spitfires soon replaced them.
:)

Alvis 3.14159
Title: Re: RAAF Jabiru
Post by: NARSES2 on June 30, 2010, 01:21:34 am
I like it.  Gotta XP-37 feel to it.   :bow:

Had the same thought myself
Title: Re: RAAF Jabiru
Post by: GTX on June 30, 2010, 01:43:49 am
By the way, who on here did the profiles of the hellcats with inlines? That's where I got this idea from a couple weeks ago, and I'd like to thank them.


Err, I believe that would be me - sorry everyone ;D:

(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e68/GTwiner/melbsyd/ILHC.jpg)

The first would be a trial bird, whilst the second is closer to the production variant.

Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: RAAF Jabiru
Post by: PALG on June 30, 2010, 04:22:53 am
Maaate....

Just shoot me.

thats what i call a WHIF !
Title: Re: RAAF Jabiru
Post by: James on June 30, 2010, 04:40:00 am
Stunning.  :smiley:
Title: Re: RAAF Jabiru
Post by: Alvis 3.14159 on June 30, 2010, 08:06:50 am
It's too late to move the wing, but I can still fix the landing gear problem. It's just too short for that prop, which IS the same size as the Wildcat one, but a lot further forward, so when the plane is on an even keel, the prop would be ticking the ground. Didn't think that out in advance! I'll just slightly extend the struts.

Oh, and thanks GTX, it's a really nifty concept.
Title: Re: RAAF Jabiru
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on June 30, 2010, 08:28:35 am
Outstanding, simple as that  :thumbsup:

Ian
Title: Re: RAAF Jabiru
Post by: Tophe on June 30, 2010, 08:51:54 am
 :wub: :wub:
Aesthetical surgery is great when it is performed with so much talent! :bow:
Title: Re: RAAF Jabiru
Post by: kitbasher on June 30, 2010, 09:29:42 am
A rare sharkmouthed bird - one that really looks shark-like.  Well done!   ;D ;D
Title: Re: RAAF Jabiru
Post by: noxioux on July 03, 2010, 12:09:49 pm
Holy cow.  That thing just blows me away.  And those profiles. . .  :wub: :wub: :wub: